BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (CIRCA) - A good Samaritan immediately called animal control when they heard strange noises coming from underneath a residential porch in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
The noises were cries from a senior dog in grave condition. His skin, eyes, swollen feet and emaciated body made him one of the worst neglect cases animal control had ever seen.
Bloomfield Animal Control officers immediately called the folks at Project Precious Rescue because they knew this old dog needed immediate care and fostering. They decided to name the friendly boy Jack. Despite his health issues, Jack was open to receiving love, being touched and gently eating food from the veterinarian tech's hand.
"He loves people, which makes me think he must [have] had a family at one point because he does know love, and he wants it. He craves the touch and attention."
After Jack received immediate medical attention, he was placed with foster mom Rachel Hanna, who works with Project Precious Rescue. She told Circa that he's been nothing shy of grateful and friendly with her and her family. She's optimistic that he can eventually make a full recovery, but his doctors are still evaluating his many health-related issues.
So far, doctors have determined that his swollen paws are caused by a bacterial infection and mites. His foster mom told Circa that she'll be taking Jack in for more evaluations with specialists, but in the meantime, he's tolerating his medicated footbaths and skin treatments.
The people at Project Precious Rescue are hoping that the social media attention will result in justice for Jack, but their main focus is on getting his health under control and providing him with the love he deserves. They aren't quite sure how old he is or how long he's been on the streets, but the most important thing is making him comfortable, now that he's under their care.
"We want first and foremost for him to get better. So, exposure for us means keeps the donations coming because it's expensive, and we need to make sure he's getting the best care."
If you'd like to make a donation for Jack's medical care, you can visit their website. In the meantime, they will continue to update their Facebook page with Jack's progress and adventures at his foster home with the Hannas.